The Berlin-based Emmanuel Pahud is generally regarded as one of the world's greatest flautists and is most known for his baroque and classical flute repertory.
Pahud was born into a non-musical family in Geneva, Switzerland. As a young boy, the sounds of the flute captivated him and from the age of four to the age of 22, he was tutored and mentored by flautists such as François Binet, Carlos Bruneel and Aurèle Nicolet. Classically trained at the Conservatoire de Paris.
He leapt into the international orchestral and solo music scene when he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992 as one of its youngest ever principal players. His innate musicality and extraordinary technique have put him high on the agenda for solo appearances in Japan, South East Asia, Europe and the United States. His regular recital partners include Eric Le Sage, Hélène Grimaud, Yefim Bronfman and the jazz pianist, Jacky Terrasson. He is greatly in demand as a chamber musician and in this context has collaborated with most of the world's top soloists.
His versatility in music styles over the years has “signalled the arrival of a new master flautist.” (The Guardian). He plays in diverse music genres, whether baroque, jazz, contemporary, classical, orchestral, or chamber music.